Government announces adoption law change

Children|March 31st 2016

The government has announced plans to change the law in order to encourage adoption.

Under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, family courts and adoption organisations are required to consider any existing relationships which the child in question may have with relatives, as well as “any such person the court considers relevant”. This section will now be extended to include a reference to “prospective adopters”.

The change will take place “as soon as possible” according to the Department for Education. It will, they hope, encourage full consideration of the child’s best interests and increase adoption numbers, as this both these and the number of children initially placed for adoption have both fallen in recent months.

The planned legislation forms part of a four year strategy announced earlier this year called Adoption: A Vision for Change.

Photo by Felix O via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Share This Post...


  1. Leo Xander Newman says:

    Put more effort into keeping families together and not into adoptions.

  2. Beverly Vesper says:

    The government take the wrong ones away there are children out there need to be a good home the children in a lovely home and there mummy’s do anything for them that’s why government take the children are loved ones are not loved the government allowing to keep

  3. ann sim says:

    this is damn right disgusting the government and social services have destroyed far too many families in this illegal practice children are not for sale in the fostering and adoption circle. Now is the time to put back together the families they have destroyed their ploy is out in the open they tried to hide it .

Leave a Reply


Newsletter Sign Up

For all the latest news from Stowe Family law
please sign up for instant access today.

Privacy Policy